Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)

Prof. Ollivier Dyens

Professor Ollivier Dyens

Professor Ollivier Dyens was appointed McGill’s second Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) for a five-year term effective September 1, 2013.

As Deputy Provost, Professor Dyens serves as a central liaison between the University's senior administration, senate, faculties and student associations, with the goal of advancing the quality of student life and learning at all levels, inside and outside the classroom. The Deputy Provost oversees Student Services, Teaching and Learning Services, Athletics and Recreation, Residences and Housing, Food and Dining Services, Enrolment Services, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Deputy Provost.

From 2008 to 2013, Professor Dyens served as Concordia University’s Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), where he was responsible for curriculum development and the promotion of teaching and learning. At McGill, he also holds the position of full Professor of French Language and Literature. He currently sits on the Commission de l'enseignement et de la recherche universitaire of Quebec’s Conseil Supérieur de l’Éducation. Professor Dyens has been awarded more than $2.8 million in research funding as a principal investigator or collaborator over the course of his career and he has lectured in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Professor Dyens holds a Ph.D. from Université de Montréal, and is an award-winning author of 12 books, including La Condition inhumaine: Essai sur l’effoi technologique, published in France by Flammarion, and Metal and Flesh, published by MIT Press. The French version (VLB Éditeur) of Metal and Flesh was awarded Best Essay by the Société des Écrivains Canadiens. His digital artwork has been exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Venezuela and the United States.